How much does the average catering job pay?

The typical salary for people working in catering and hospitality jobs has been revealed, with the average worker taking home £6.75 per hour.
 
Although this has risen by 2.2 per cent in the past year, it would still need to increase significantly to match the new compulsory hourly wage of £7.20 set out by George Osborne in last week’s Budget, which is due to be introduced in April 2016 for those aged over 25.
 
The report from Fourth Analytics, which quizzed 3,000 food-led bar and restaurants across the UK, also found that the average length of service rose in 2015 to reach 392 days, or an employee turnover rate of 93 per cent, which was an improvement over last year’s average of 385 days and up from the lowest recorded rate of just 210 days.
 
In terms of staff absence the typical restaurant or pub lost 16.8 days per month through absence or illness, which was down from 18.2 days last year.
 
Speaking about the report, Mike Shipley, Analytics and Insight Solutions Director at Fourth Analytics, said: “When analysing these figures, we see a direct correlation between companies that proactively seek to engage and retain their teams, and those companies that perhaps do less work in this area.”
 
The report also revealed that the typical food outlet makes £18,000 in sales per week, which is up 2.7 per cent from 2014’s total of £17,600, while 77.2 per cent of the average food-led bar or restaurant’s sales in 2015 are from food compared to 22.8 per cent from drink, which is up from the 76.2 per cent / 23.8 per cent food-drink split last year.
 
Meanwhile, restaurants across the UK were recently urged to take advantage of low inflation and cheap produce by trialling new dishes.
 
The Lynx Purchasing Market Forecast suggested that Head Chefs should negotiate with suppliers and fill their menus with good value cuts of beef and pork, as well as hake, pollock, grey mullet, cauliflower, cabbages and courgettes.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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